Shell confirms internal force majeure on Moerdijk cracker products

26 April 2013 09:57  [Source: ICIS news]

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LONDON (ICIS)--Shell Nederland Chemie BV (SNC) has formally declared force majeure on all cracker products because of a restart delay at its cracker at Moerdijk in the Netherlands, a company spokesman said on Friday.

In an email, the company said that the cracker restart following planned maintenance had been delayed as a “result of an accumulation of technical circumstances” SNC is unable to supply Shell Chemicals Europe (SCE) with cracker products including but not limited to ethylene, propylene, acetylene and crude C4.

SNC declared force majeure on 24 April.

The company spokesman added that the time of restart was still being assessed but SCE is using “all reasonable efforts to mitigate the impact.”

Market speculation regarding a restart delay at the cracker started to surface on Tuesday this week and affected sources said on Thursday that they had been informed of a delay – some said between 10 and 14 days – by SCE.

The cracker, which is the second largest in Europe, has been down for a maintenance turnaround since 9-10 March and was originally due to restart around 28 April, sources said.

The Moerdijk cracker has the capacity to produce 910,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 500,000 tonnes/year of propylene, according to ICIS data.

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